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My husband is 89 years old and has had 4 by pass surgery with 3 stints. After his surgery he has led a very, very active lifestyle. He is under the care of a cardiologist and recently he has done an EKG and he wore a monitor for 24 hours. He monitors his heart and his readings for his heart rate are low. Guess my question is, "Will a pacemaker be a solution for him and is his age a factor? He has medicare advantage insurance. He has been unusually healthy, I think. Would like your thoughts on this.

Doctor's Assistant: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?

Yes, his father had several pacemakers and they were successful and he died at age 91. He is active but admits he is getting tired and needs the rocking chair more. He is a workaholic and he pushes to the limit and then some, I think. Does work that requires lifting, and activities like the chain saw, chopping with a hoe, etc. etc.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I am inquiring for my husband without his knowledge and his memory is worsening, but mine is too!

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago

What is his heart rate?

Did his 24 hours monitoring show any other abnormality?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Last reading yesterday was 52. Has been running fifties and sixties range. Will see our cardiologist on Dec. 6th to get report on the monitor, I presume. In the meantime, he is getting blood pressure readings (3 times a week) for a month at our GP.
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago

The true need of pacemaker for low pulse is below 50 per minute.

But if there are symptoms associated like dizziness or fall of blood pressure with 52 pulse rate; he may need pacemaker.

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